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Election nominations now open – with councils’ encouragement

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Nominations opened today for the local elections in October.

Staff at the Wellington City Council are telling us that they want nominations for the mayoralty as well as for councillors. There’s presumably a hidden message in their choice of a bus stop to illustrate their appeal.

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Regional council staff are saying that nominations only for councillors are needed, with three images indicating they’re hoping for younger members. There won’t be nominations for the chair’s position, because it’s selected by a vote of councillors at their first meeting after the election. The position will require a new person, as Chris Laidlaw has indicated that he will not be standing again.

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
The Regional Council is urging people to make a stand for their region by securing nomination as candidates in October’s local body elections. Nominations open today and close at 12noon on 16 August. If the fast-growing and vibrant Wellington region is your home, then now is your opportunity to make a positive difference to its future.

Regional councillors are at the forefront of change on key subjects such as delivering public transport, protecting and enhancing the environment, managing flood protection, enhancing water quality, safeguarding our water supply and responding to climate change – the big issues that matter to the people of the region.

So if you are interested complete a nomination form, which is available from www.MakeAStand.co.nz, Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Electoral Officer or from the following Greater Wellington Regional Council locations:

· Level 2, 15 Walter Street, Wellington
· Shed 39, 2 Fryatt Quay, Pipitea, Wellington
· Level 4, Departmental Building 35-37 Chapel Street, Masterton.

Provide the nomination form to Greater Wellington Regional Council by:

· delivery to Level 2, 15 Walter Street, Te Aro, Wellington
· email (in scanned format) to elections@gw.govt.nz
· post to Greater Wellington Regional Council at PO Box 11646, Manners Street, Wellington 6142 (please allow for postal times).

Your completed nomination form must be received by Greater Wellington’s Electoral Officer by the close of nominations, 12noon, 16 August 2019.